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Honours Mathematics & Statistics – Statistics Specialization

The Honours Mathematics & Statistics program offers broad-based, interdisciplinary courses which develop problem-solving and analytic thinking skills. Essential skills, such as quantitative and statistical reasoning, are acquired in this program through courses taught by recognized leaders in research and teaching.

The shape of a flower, the form of a molecule, the structure of galaxies – all of these reveal patterns; patterns which can be discovered and studied with mathematics and statistics. Mathematics studies the patterns themselves, discovering subtle and sometimes unexpected features. It also has the ability to clarify and predict properties, which explains its remarkable usefulness throughout the sciences. Statistics studies patterns which arise in data, and is used to distinguish regularities from chance.

The Honours Mathematics & Statistics – Statistics Specialization is for students interested primarily in statistics. Mandatory math courses in Levels 2 and 3 provide theoretical foundations for upper level courses in statistics.

Program Type

Honours Bachelor of Science

Degree at Graduation

Limited Enrollment

Co-op Program

Beginning at Level 3

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Admission Requirements

Enrollment in this program is limited.

Admission is by selection but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:

  • 1 course from MATH 1A03, 1LS3, 1X03
  • 1 course from MATH 1AA3, 1LT3, 1XX3 with a grade of at least 6.0 (C+)
  • MATH 1B03


Typical Second-Year Courses


Introduction to Differential Equations


Advanced Calculus 1


Advanced Calculus 2

Math 2LA3

Applications of Linear Algebra


Introduction to Probability


Statistical Methods and Applications